- Building Trades. gravel, aggregate, etc., failing to pass through a given screen.
- the residue of any product, as in mining; leavings.
HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
Words nearby tailing
Example sentences from the Web for tailings
This segregates the large material, which is then conveyed away by the tailings elevator.The A B C of Mining|Charles A. Bramble
So all of value is saved, and the worthless "tailings" go to the dump.Stories of California|Ella M. Sexton
The tailings should be small, containing no light chaff and little full-size grain.Farm Engines and How to Run Them|James H. Stephenson
By law, the tailings which it leaves behind must be leveled, soil placed thereon and either grass or trees planted.The Boy With the U.S. Miners|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
No doubt experience will teach some way of saving the ore that is now wasted in the tailings.A Report on Washington Territory|William Henry Ruffner